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AUSA Global: PUMA 3 UAS Upgraded for More Challenging RF Environments

AeroVironment Releases New PUMA 3 with Latest Digital Data Link

At AUSA Global Force Symposium, happening this week in Huntsville, AL/USA, today on booth #1429, AeroVironment, Inc., a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for both defence and commercial applications, announced that the company is now taking orders for its new PUMA 3 small UAS. MONCh reported on the soft launch here

We are in constant communication with our customers to ensure they have the most innovative and advanced small drones to successfully complete their missions,” David Sharpin, Vice President of AeroVironment’s Tactical UAS business, explained. “As a result of their feedback, the new PUMA 3 includes air vehicle upgrades for operation in even more rugged environments than before, improved ability to support advanced third-party payloads and software applications and reliability in challenging electronic warfare/cyber environments where interference is prevalent.”

AeroVironment upgraded the PUMA’s airframe to enable robust operation of its MANTIS i45 EO/IR sensor suite with SIGINT payloads in harsh and demanding environments. In addition, the PUMA 3 incorporates AeroVironment’s latest digital data link (DDL) with security upgrades to support operation in more challenging radio frequency (RF) environments, with M1/M2/M5 and M3/M4/M6 frequency bands and with AES-256 encryption

Sharpin said that, as part of ongoing efforts to stay at the forefront of battery technology, AeroVironment is releasing a new PUMA smart battery that is more efficient and includes safety enhancements. AeroVironment also has optimised the portability of PUMA from six transport cases to four, with a flyable configuration in a single transport case that features luggage-type handles. All these upgrades are incorporated while maintaining PUMA 3’s renowned all-environment capability. 

As previously announced here, AeroVironment also is developing an upgrade to the RQ-11B RAVEN, called RAVEN 3. The upgraded RAVEN system will incorporate new camera technology into the i23 gimbaled sensor, similar to advancements made to PUMA 3 and its i45 gimbal. These upgrades are still in progress and more information on RAVEN 3 will be available at the AUSA Symposium in October in Washington DC.



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